QUOTE(Le Monkey @ Oct 17 2006, 05:49 PM) [snapback]461217[/snapback]
and also I BET you have saved on your desktop a txt file with all the coding in with just the "Hello (INSTER NAME HERE)" that needs to be changed,
Haha, hope it's that simple.
) or fortunately, each member has different interests, so you actually need to READ each member's "hi I'm new" post... The part I actually enjoy..
Some are fans of FMA anime, some are fans of FMA manga, some are fans of both.
Some also like other manga/anime, others don't, some write/read fanfics while others have no interests in them, and so on, so on...
Otherwise, we might as well program some spambot that could be triggered evertime new member posts here, and spill out those links and same general welcome sentenses.
But then again, it's not showing much of welcoming spirit that way, IMO.
To me, including links (or not,) are not important. (Except the links to rules and guides.)
What's important is, willingness to welcome, and if necessary, help out the new members.
Hence, sometimes I add links (if my Internet connection permit it,) and sometimes I don't.
For example, if the new member is already posting in many forums, then I do not need to include the links to those forums.
On the other hand, if new member has no other post, and seems like he/she can use some general tour of the board, I include links that might help him/her to get familialized to our forums.
In addition, sometimes I include links that might be of interests to that particular member, based on his/her introduction post, and other suff, like cosplay, photography, video games, and so on, and on.
Or, if we get someone who's completely new to the forum posting, then I may add whole different kind of informations, like, explaining differences among three "Reply" buttons, or what Avatar is, etc.
Yap it takes quite bit of time, if for doing just for +1 post count.. Try it!!
Anyway, the links or no links, if someone genuinely likes having new member and excited about having that new member and welcoming him/her, it shows in that welcoming post, and that's most important thing, IMO.